The Making of An African King is a study examining the causes of
the kingship internecine struggle among the Effutu by exploring the
two traditional systems of succession, the patrilineal and the
matrilineal, among the Effutu (Awutu-abe), and how best to end
political violence. Kingship or chieftaincy disputes in Ghana may
begin as rivalry among members of the same family, or when
ineligible elders are elected caretaker kings because of their
invaluable services to a royal family. However, upon the demise of
the caretakers, their descendants refuse to cede power back to the
royal family; thus creating protracted power struggles. This is
exactly the situation among the Effutu. Fortunately, new
information became available when the author was researching in
Ghana from 1997-1999. As a result, this edition provides for the
first time accounts of colonial administrators about the royal
internecine struggle, in ways that confirm Awutu orthodoxy and put
concocted histories, false genealogies, and outright lies to rest.
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